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A New Century Christmas

New Century Saxophone Quartet

Traditional, Davis, Holst, Kent/Blane/Berlin, Praetorius, Rodgers/Hammerstein, Adam, Brahms, gillespie, Redner, Hopkins, Bernard, and more..

SKU: 14698

Year of release: 2000

1. Funkin' With The Bells Traditional 02:53
2. The First Noel Traditional 03:07
3. Little Drummer Boy Davis 05:38
4. We Wish You A Merry Christmas Traditional 05:12
5. In The Bleak Mid-Winter Holst 02:23
6. Christmas Medley Kent/Blane/Berlin 07:32
7. Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming Praetorius 05:04
8. My Favorite Things Rodgers/Hammerstein 04:45
9. O Holy Night Adam 04:57
10. God Rest Ye Merry Gentle Mensch Traditional 01:58
11. What Child Is This Traditional 02:39
12. Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming Brahms 02:15
13. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town gillespie 03:58
14. O Little Town Of Bethlehem Redner 03:32
15. We Four Kings Hopkins 03:46
16. Rock Land Bell Winter Jingle Wonder Bernard 04:57
17. In Dulci Jubilo Johann Sebastian Bach 02:25
18. The Last Noel Traditional 01:19
19. Silent Night Gruber 04:33
Total time: 73:01

About this album

When we decided to do a Christmas recording we knew we had to do something out of the ordinary. Artistically it didnt make any sense to record a bunch of carols or swing versions of everyones favorite holiday hits. And besides, its just not in our nature to do any project in a standard sort of way. So as we discussed what we did and did not want the disc to be (in an SUV somewhere between El Paso and Dallas), we arrived at what we thought was a pretty original idea. We decided to contact all of our composer-friends and offer them the following scenario: Write an arrangement of a Christmas tune in your own compositional style, using the tune as much or as little as you desire, with the final goal being a re-composition of a familiar tune with your personal stamp on it. We more or less assigned specific tunes to avoid duplication, and left the composers on their own. Thankfully, all of the responses to the idea were positive, so we were encouraged and figured that if the composers were enthusiastic about the project, we were off to a good start. As our first reading session for the new music neared, we began to realize what a risk we took in commissioning an entire CD of original Christmas music. This realization was accompanied by a bit of fear as well! Those fears were quickly put to rest as we read through the compositions one-by-one, delighting by the quality of each. After one reading we knew we had achieved our goal of assembling a high-quality collection of original music that is eclectic, witty, serious, silly, and different all adjectives that have been used to describe us as an ensemble. We believe that the quality of the music surpasses anything currently available for saxophone quartet in this genre, and perhaps any other chamber ensemble as well. It does so with endless variety: There are traditional carol-like arrangements, modern versions of old standards, jazz- and pop-influenced styles, and contemporary original music. Every piece exceeded our expectations and we couldnt be more pleased with the efforts of every composer. The notes that follow are a collection of each composers thoughts about his own music.

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Reviews

The Pittsburgh Post Gazette

(...) the freshest Christmas CD Ive heard in years. The quartet performs sentively, always keeping the carols - and their spirit - at the forefront.

Artists

New Century Saxophone Quartet

Technical Specifications

Digital To Analog ConverterSony
Mastering EquimentSadie Audio system
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
Mixing ConsoleRens Heijnis Custom made
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Analog To Digital ConverterPrism 24 bit / Genex Recorder
Recording DateMay 2000
Recording LocationResnswoude - The Netherlands
EditingJared Sacks
Recording Engineerjared Sacks
ProducerJared Sacks